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HISTORIC MAGAZINE SHOW CAR 'THE GOONEY BIRD'

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Manufacturer: Ford
Model: Other
Year: 1947
Type: KUSTOM HARD TOP
Color: Purple
Mileage: 10,896
Engine: 2002 4.6 MUSTANG GT
Transmission: Automatic
Trim: KUSTOM
Interior Color: White
Vehicle Title: Clear
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HISTORIC MAGAZINE SHOW CAR 'THE GOONEY BIRD' for sale

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  • HISTORIC MAGAZINE SHOW CAR 'THE GOONEY BIRD'
  • HISTORIC MAGAZINE SHOW CAR 'THE GOONEY BIRD'
  • HISTORIC MAGAZINE SHOW CAR 'THE GOONEY BIRD'

IMPORTANT: UNLESS YOU HAVE AT LEAST 10 POSITIVE FEED BACKS. PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST BEFORE BIDDING ON MY ITEM VIA EBAY MEMBER EMAIL ACCOUNT. IF YOU HAVE HAD BID RETRACTIONS IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS YOU MUST CONTACT ME FIRST OR YOUR BID WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE PEOPLE ON EBAY BIDDING WITH NO INTENTION OR MEANS OF EVER PAYING AND DISRUPTING THE LISTINGS.

 

 1947 FORD- HISTORIC KUSTOM  HARDTOP

YOU CAN BUILD A LEAD SLED BUT YOU CAN'T BUILD HISTORY!


This 1947 Ford was radically customized between 1955 1957.

Known on the 1958 show circuit As “The Gooney Bird”



This 1947 Ford was customized between 1955-1957 in upstate New York by Ronlyn Collision. all of the original body modifications. customization remains intact. The 1947 Ford was Named after the historical Douglas C47/ DC-3 used in WW2 and Korean War known as “The Gooney Bird”. by the pilots who fly them. the name was given to the 1947 Ford by the owner who was a member of the U. S. Air force during the Korean War. he also was responsible for grafted on the 1951 Crown Victoria top. The car now official known as “The Gooney Bird” competed and won FIRST PLACE in its class at the very First Clutch Artist AUTO-RAMA in Buffalo New York . July 12-13 1958. “The Gooney Bird” has been featured in late 50's and early 60's Car Craft and Hotrod Magazines as well as in the 1958 NYC NAPA Calendar. “The Gooney Bird” was featured in Car Craft magazine while being shown at the 1962 Buffalo NY Autorama show at the Masten Ave Armory)  And is considered one of the most significant historical customs ever built in the 1950's to still be fully 100% road worthy and operational today .


The Famous George Barris Crest: The story go's that When Barris first saw “the Gooney Bird” sometime in 1997 while in Buffalo NY it had just undergone a frame off restoration and was still being prep for paint. his initial instinct was that his brother Sam had either built this 1947 Ford or somehow had a hand in building it. when he realized that Sam hadn't built the car he wanted to badge this 1947 Ford Coupe with his logo Crests stating that it is a true example of a traditional historical 1950's custom that he and Sam would have built and deserved to ware the famous Barris Crest. this is the ultimate endorsement by the King of custom cars. In memory of his brother Sam George also signed Sam's name to the dash. “The Gooney Bird” has worn those famous Barris Crest ever since that time.

 

 “The Gooney Bird” was frame off restored between 1996- 1997. most of the original lead from the 1955/57 build was removed during this time. The body lines and workmanship are still beautiful 57 years later.

 After being taken out of the public eye for many years “The Gooney Bird” showed up on the show circuit in 2000 and went on to take second in its class at the 2000 Detroit Autorama. it's also on the 2004 December cover of KKOA magazine. It won a Preservation Award at the 6th annual Ink–n-Iron show then it took 2nd place “Post War Custom” in 2010 at the Long Beach Motorama. Was chosen Best Custom award at the 2011 West Coast Kustoms “Cruisin Nationals” Santa Maria show by Rodz Deluxe for its workmanship.  In 2012 Car Kulture De Luxe did a 3 page color center fold spread on the car.

 Here is a rundown of the vehicle. Items in red were upgraded on the car since 2009.

Body:
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1947 Ford Coupe Body. converted to a Hardtop
1951 Ford Crestline Hard Top – Chopped and grafted on (NOS Trim)
Extended / Re proportion trunk header 10”

Back window/ reported to be from a canopy used by aircraft gunners. very thick plastic installed in the 1950's when the top was grafted on.
1948 Oldsmobile Grill
1949 Plymouth Bumpers (NOS)
Chevrolet / Chevy Plate Surround
All remaining original lead work was molded
Shaved completely
1941 Ford NOS Side Trim
Barris Kustom Crests
Leaded wind split dropped tail lights
Molded on all body seams
1949 Lincoln Rear Skirts
Custom Tinted Glass. (Slide in Rear Quarters)
1996 Ford Ultra Violet Base / Clear Coat
Tasteful Pinstripes


INTERIOR:
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1951 Ford Dash from the same Ford Crestline car the top was grafted from
Modified 1964 Corvair 16” wheel 
GM Ididit Chrome Tilt Column
White Vinyl (Seats. skins. headliner)
Silver Piping
Moon Gauges
Barris Signed Dash

1955 Pontiac radio speaker grilles with complete hidden sound system & ipod.

Alpine Stereo System

Period acrylic knobs by Sam the knob man


Chassis / Suspension:
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Stock 1947 Ford Frame
Fatman IFS with/12” GMC disc brakes . 5 on 5 GMC hubs front

Rear hubs are 4. 5
Chassis Engineering Rear Parallel Spring/nitrogen gas shocks
Dual Reservoir Master
12 inch Disk Brakes front
/drum rear
5 Diamond Radial Wide White Wall Tires
1956  Cadillac Hub Caps over 4 inches deep in front

Original Appleton spot lights


Drivetrain:
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2002 Ford Mustang motor GT 4. 6
Dual Exhaust / Glass Packs
Ford Electronic  Transmission /4 speed OD transmission and computer system…. 30 mpg on freeway
8 inch Granada Rear (Highway Gears) 2. 76

 

NOTE: I HAVE IN MY POSSESSION  MAGAZINES THE CAR WAS IN AND THE SEQUENTIAL HISTORY OF THE OWNERS OF THIS CAR (LENGTH OF OWNERSHIP AND WHAT THEY DID TO THE CAR WHEN THEY OWNED IT) THERE IS A PHOTO I POSTED TAKEN IN 1962 AT THE 5TH ANNUAL AUTORAMA. BUFFALO NEW YORK. FOR THE EARLY PART OF IT'S LIFE THE CAR HAD BEEN SHOWN IN ORANGE

 

 ISSUES: ONLY ISSUES WITH THE CAR ARE VERY MINOR. BOTH DOOR POPPERS DO NOT WORK. AND ALTHOUGH THE EXTERIOR PAINT IS REALLY APPEALING WITH A GREAT SHINE THERE ARE A FEW IMPERFECTIONS FROM BEING DRIVEN BUT OVERALL THE CAR IS VERY PRESENTABLE.

 PLEASE ONLY SERIOUS BUYERS WHO ACTUAL HAVE THE FUNDS TO MAKE A PURCHASE. NO JOY RIDES

   The car can be driven all day at highway speeds. The car is currently registered in the state of California and a free and clear California title is in hand

Note : this car is for sale locally so the listing may expire early if reserve is not hit.

THIS IS A USED CUSTOM AUTO AND NO WARRANTIES. OR GUARANTIES ARE IMPLIED IN ANYWAY WHAT'S SO EVER. THE CAR IS SOLD AS IS. ALL SALES ARE FINAL .  

TERMS OF SALE . $1. 00 IMMEDIATE NON REFUNDABLE  DEPOSIT BY PAYPAL UPON BECOMING THE WINNING BIDDER . IMMEDIATE DEPOSIT MEANS THE DAY LISTING ENDS OR I WILL CONTACT THE NEXT HIGHEST BIDDER ) THE BALANCE OF FUNDS TO BE PAID BY WIRE TRANSFER . CASH OR CASHIERS CHECK WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE LISTING ENDING. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE TERMS (I WILL PROVIDE WIRING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE WINNING BIDDER). YOU WILL RECEIVE THE TITLE BY OVER NIGHT MAIL AND BILL OF SALE ONCE 100% OF YOUR FUNDS TO PURCHASE THE CAR CLEAR MY BANK. IF YOU WISH TO SEE THE CAR PRIOR TO PURCHASING IT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE. IT IS LOCATED IS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE A TRADE THAT YOU WANT ME TO CONSIDER AS PARTIAL PAYMENT . PLEASE RUN IT BY ME PRIOR TO BIDDING TO SEE IF I'M INTERESTED. THANK YOU !

 

 

 

On Jul-12-14 at 15:56:34 PDT. seller added the following information:

CORRECTION. I WILL NOT ACCEPT A CASHIERS CHECK. PAYMENT ONLY IN CASH OR WIRE TRANSFER

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